"Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood. Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft. “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards. Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord. Do not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be filled with prostitution and wickedness. Keep my Sabbath days of rest, and show reverence toward my sanctuary. I am the Lord. Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the Lord your God." Leviticus. 19:26 - 31
This passage from Leviticus is the primary addressing of tattoos in the Scriptures, which first tells us that the Bible is almost completely silent on the issue. Examining this passage in its context as a message to Israel reveals 8 COMMANDMENTS within the 6 verses that share a common theme SANCTIFICATION (DON'T BE LIKE THE IDOLATROUS PAGAN CULTURE AROUND YOU).
The statement I am Yahweh your God bookends this section (at the end of 19:25 and the end of 19:31). The statement emphasizes God s uniqueness and holiness as opposed to Egyptian, Canaanite, or other pagan gods. The 8 COMMANDMENTS (mostly prohibitions) are as follows:Read More